An Engaging Flamenco Performance

Rivulets of sweat poured down the dancer’s expressive aquiline face while his slender legs stomped a staccato of percussive sounds.  His cadence matched rhythmic beats of singing, chanting, clapping, and guitar playing from a background ensemble.  As his stomping intensified, the audience became increasingly engaged with his flamenco performance and responded with yelps and encouraging words.  When his act ended, he was amusingly directed off stage to change his sweat drenched shirt and trousers.  His fervent dance was only one element of a lively flamenco performance orchestrated by AquaClara Flamenco.  The event was held at Fort Mason for the San Francisco International Arts Festival, which runs until June 5th.

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